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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 17, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

Orange Line Living home seller seminar

The Orange Line Living team is hosting a Home Seller Seminar event on Wednesday, January 25 at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101 in Arlington. We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and listing agents) to give you an overview of the home selling process.

Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Space is limited to sign up now so you do not miss out. To register, please fill out the form below.

You will get a complete home selling overview and you will learn our valuable home selling strategies that will get the sale of your home done fast and for top dollar.

We will be also providing a few benefits exclusive to all seminar attendees:

  • Contractor Credit to get your home ready for the market. ($250 value)
  • Free home evaluation.
  • Seller satisfaction guarantee! If we don’t sell your home, at a time or price agreeable to you, we will sell it for free.*
  • Move-up buyer guarantee! If you need to sell your home to buy the next, we will guarantee the sale of your home or we will buy it.

P.S. We will be raffling off a free staging consultation by one of the area’s top staging companies.

Details

When: Wednesday, January 25 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipsellerseminar.com or email [email protected].

*terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 12, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

TechTrend header photoWith such rapid advances in technology over the years, it’s no surprise that the demand for qualified IT employees has increased exponentially. There are ample opportunities within D.C. metro for candidates looking for a tech related position. However, everyone knows that traffic going into the city is unruly. Why not look in your own backyard?

TechTrend an Arlington based technology provider, is seeking talented people to join our team. TechTrend is an innovative enterprise IT solutions provider that delivers scalable, repeatable, and predictable mission outcomes. From the cloud to the desktop, clients trust us because they know we will deliver a solution that works for today – and sets them up for future success.

TechTrend logoTechTrend helps our customers achieve success today and address future needs through advisory services in cloud computing, IT engineering, cybersecurity, and mobile enablement, as well as innovation in designing, developing, and implementing solutions. And as an end-to-end partner, we provide reliable and rapid access to commercial technologies through our preferred contract vehicles and business partners.

Founded in 2003, TechTrend blazes new trails in the world of enterprise IT services and solutions. We’re proud to be a minority-owned small business appraised at CMMI Level 3 serving government and commercial customers. We’re ISO 27001, 20000-1:2011, and 9001:2008 certified. Put simply, TechTrend is a trusted advisor to government agencies and organizations that need an agile, future-focused approach to enterprise IT.

We value diversity – in backgrounds, skills, and perspectives. Among our most valued employees are re-energized retirees, fresh-out-of-college new hires, first-generation Americans, and back-to-work (formerly stay-at-home) parents. Whoever you are, you’ll fit right in.

Ready for your work to really mean something? If you’re looking for a place to use your personality, creativity, passions, and experiences – not just your expertise – we want to talk to you. Apply today!

Take a look at our current job openings below, and reach out with questions.

Phone: 855-521-9392
Email: [email protected]

The preceding post was sponsored and written by TechTrend.

by Buzz McClain — January 10, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

When we profiled Ed Snope’s Atlas Home Inspection company last year, we spoke with busy, all-business Realtors who count on Snope’s all-important reports to be thorough, accurate and on time in order to process Arlington real estate transactions.

Not only did he exceed his reputation for experience and knowledge of how a house is put together, the Realtors also praised his ability to communicate clearly exactly what the buyers and sellers were dealing with.

So we asked Snope to share with us some of his 30 years of experience in home and landscape construction and his four years as the sole proprietor of the bustling Atlas Home Inspection. We wondered what were 10 common findings in Arlington dwellings that he could share with us, explain why they are concerns and offer advice for improvement.

His answers may surprise you.

Outside

1. Mushroom-capped carriage bolts are popular as fasteners in deck construction as they are long enough to penetrate 4×4 footers and easy to use. However, holding up thousands of pounds of people and furniture on a deck is not what they should be used for. “Carriage bolts were developed to secure metal plates to wood beams,” he says. “The heads do not accept a washer. Lag bolts with washers, timber bolts and specialty fasteners and prefabricated metal connectors are available.”

2. Those flexible drainpipes taking water away from your house have ripples to increase flexibility. “But each one of those corrugations can hold enough water to breed tiger mosquitos,” Snope says. “And they tend to curl up at the end–creating a negative slope and holding water.” Smooth-walled pipe is not much more expensive but may require “a bit more labor to install.”

3. Mulch is often contaminated before it reaches the home. It can hide poor grading underneath, leading to water problems with the dwelling. “Mulch volcanoes” at the base of trees can damage plants if the mulch is excessive, and if you haven’t been hauling away the old stuff when topping off, you probably have too much. “It can cause bark rot and other moisture-related diseases,” he says.

4. That English ivy took a while to climb the side of the house, and it sure makes those Maywood bungalows look pleasingly vintage. But. “This is an invasive species,” warns Snope. “It offers little ecological value and is difficult to eradicate. It strangles native plants and trees, retains moisture (not good), harbors pests and mosquitoes and requires diligent maintenance.” It also damages siding and trim. Better choices are periwinkle or pachysandra.

5. When your neighborhood in invariably described as “leafy,” as most Arlington communities are, gutter covers sound like a reasonable solution to keeping leaves and sticks from clogging exterior drainage. Think again. “They are not maintenance-free and they typically increase roof runoff, especially on medium- to steep-pitched roofs,” Snope says. That increases the moisture around the house, leaving basements vulnerable. And debris still builds up under those gutter guards. Keep an eye on them, or upgrade to a far more expensive brand $25 a foot — that works slightly better.

Inside

6. If the dryer is in the basement what is dryer lint doing collecting on light switches two floors up? “Leaky ducts release lint into the home, often pulled into the HVAC system. Dryer lint can build up inside the clothes dryer, in the exhaust duct, in the exhaust vent or inside the building,” says Snope. “Flexible foil duct is easily compressed and tends to trap lint.” And this is bad why? “Lint buildup increases drying time, uses extra electricity, can damage equipment, and can become a fire hazard.”

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm 0

1K Wine|Beer Walk

Get ready to enjoy everyone’s favorite faux race with your best bud, BFF, partner or spouse at a steep discount with today’s ARLnow Daily Deal. For the next 24 hours, purchase two 1K Wine|Beer Walk tickets for the price of one!

Tickets are usually $25 at the door or $20 online. With this Daily Deal, you can purchase two tickets for only $20 (plus transaction fees).

Choose the beverage of your choice, select your heat, and get ready to make your way through the course stopping at “hydration stations” throughout the Crystal City Shops and the Art Underground where you will be able to sample from up to 20 different wine and beers. As always, the wine and beer selections are hand-picked by the experts at the Crystal City Wine Shop where all offerings are also available for purchase.

Celebrate your personal best (i.e., your favorite taste) at a fun-filled finish festival that includes additional tasting stations, great music and complimentary bites. Come dressed in your most creative or obnoxious race-wear and be ready for photos, social media, and prizes. 

>>Purchase Today’s Deal Now<<

WHEN: Saturday, January 21st – Heats Available at 2, 3 and 4

WHERE: The Landing, Crystal City Shops @ 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

WHAT: Everyone’s favorite faux race, the 1K Wine|Beer Walk is right around the corner. Choose the beverage type of your choice, select your heat, and get ready to make your way through the course stopping at “hydration stations” throughout the Crystal City Shops and Art Underground where you will be able to sample from up to 20 different wine and beers.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 5, 2017 at 8:00 am 0

$1,500 credit for your home at closing and if you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months exclusive to event attendees only*

Orange Line Living logoOur team is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on Monday, January 9 from 6-8 p.m. at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101 in Arlington. The seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and 1 on 1 appointments.

We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process. Not only will you get a complete home buying overview, but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington, the #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume and top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

Details

When: Monday, January 9 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

*terms and conditions apply. The preceding post was written and sponsored by Orange Line Living.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — December 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

In an unprecedented collaboration, 13 real estate firms and RGS Title have joined forces to provide winter essentials for those in need throughout the Arlington community.

The firms are working together as Arlington Realtors Care (ARC) to collect from the public donated food and clothing items. Items are being delivered to the Arlington Food Assistance Center and A-SPAN. The drive is meant to bring aid to those most in need.

ARC logoARC’s goal is to donate over 2,500 pounds of food to AFAC and several hundred clothing items and blankets to A-SPAN.

Saturday, Dec. 17 is the second community-wide drop off date for members of the public interested in donating outerwear, blankets and food items in support of the drive. For those interested in contributing, the drop-off point is at RGS Title located at 4600 Lee Highway, Suite 110, in Arlington. Collection hours are 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.

A-SPAN’s current needs are coats, winter-wear (gloves, scarfs, beanies, long-johns) and blankets. Items should be new, cleaned or recently laundered.

Food donations are being delivered to The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a community-based nonprofit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlington residents. AFAC accepts most unopened, unexpired, and unprepared foods, including perishable items. The organization is most in need of low sodium tomato products (diced, paste, & sauce), low sodium canned tuna, low sodium canned soups, low sodium canned beans, low sugar cereal and cooking oil.

The food and clothing drive started on Nov. 1 and continues through Dec. 31.

Participating firms are Advon Real Estate, Buck & Associates, Century 21 New Millennium, Century 21 Redwood Realty, Coldwell Banker, Compass, Keller Williams Metro Center, Long and Foster, Realtors | Christie’s International Real Estate, McEnearney & Associates, TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty, Washington Fine Properties, LLC and Weichert, Realtors. RGS Title is a host of the event.

For more information on the charities involved, visit the websites for AFAC and A-SPAN.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — December 1, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

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Our team is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on December 5 from 6-8 p.m. at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101.

Orange Line Living logoThe seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and 1 on 1 appointments.

We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process.

Not only will you get a complete home buying overview, but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase. The event is totally free and all attendees will receive two guarantees just for attending.

  1. Buyer satisfaction guarantee! If you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months!*
  2. $1,500 home purchase credit (exclusive to event attendees only)*

When: Monday, December 5th from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks

Registerhttp://livetheorangeline.com/vip-buyer-seminar/
Contact[email protected] or call 571-969-7653

We will be providing drinks and appetizers. Space is limited to sign up now so you do not miss out. To register email: [email protected].

The preceding was sponsored by Orange Line Living/Optime Realty. *Terms and conditions apply.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 30, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

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Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he is not the listing agent of these homes.

The bulk of the “post-Thanksgiving” 2016 celebratory days are over with. Until next year, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday (personally I think there should be a #GivingTuesday every week to support our awesome local nonprofits!).

To keep the spirit going strong, I have declared this a new day in Arlington County: Real Estate Wednesday. It’s the day where you can start thinking about (and maybe acting on) one of the most important purchases you’ll make. Yes, despite how alluring the newest 64-inch TV is every year… buying a home of your very own may be a much better investment in the long run.

The good thing about this Real Estate Wednesday is that there are no doorbusters and no fighting with neighbors over a Furby. It’s all about you… your budget… and what you want in the long run.

So, let’s roll and GET MORE out of your transaction!

As of November 28, there are 192 detached homes, 36 townhouses and 253 apartments for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 13 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.

by ARLnow.com — November 29, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Jhumpa LahiriRegister for the event here.

Imagine arriving in a new country and facing the immense challenge of adjusting to a culture and a language that are different from the ones you have always known.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri — a first-generation immigrant to the United States who moved to Italy in her forties — has experienced firsthand the emotional and physical challenges that come with immigrating to a new country. Those are the experiences Lahiri draws on in her books, which force readers to consider the surprising and complex trials faced by immigrants and their families.

On Monday, December 5, Jhumpa Lahiri will join economist Tyler Cowen at George Mason University’s Arlington campus for a wide-ranging conversation as part of the Mercatus Center’s Conversations with Tyler series. Admission is free and the conversation will be open to the public.

Register here and take a look at other upcoming conversations.

Tyler CowenLahiri’s distinct talent and unique point of view make her a natural fit for Conversations with Tyler, a discussion series that engages today’s top thinkers in one-on-one conversations with economist Tyler Cowen. Past guests include tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, renowned academic Camille Paglia, and “super forecaster” Nate Silver.

Of Lahiri, Tyler Cowen says, “Her books have delighted millions, drawing together history, romance, philosophy, global interconnections, and most of all the drama of human life.”

Lahiri’s work also explores the tension many immigrants feel between the cultural values of their homeland and those of their adopted home. In a piece for the New Yorker, she wrote of feeling a “continuous sense of estrangement” from both her native country of India and America–the country where she was raised.

This sense of “exile” drove her to adopt another language entirely. Instead of attempting to embrace the American culture and language that felt as foreign as her native Indian, Lahiri moved to Italy and learned to speak and write in Italian. She embraced an entirely different culture and language and continues to be a successful author in Italian.

Lahiri’s most recent work, In Other Words (2016), an autobiography written in both English and Italian, explores the often emotionally fraught links between identity and language. Once again drawing upon personal experiences, Lahiri continues to strike a chord with readers.

Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her first published work “Interpreter of Maladies” (1999). She also received the PEN/Hemingway Award for best fiction debut of the year and an O. Henry Prize. In 2015, the National Endowment for the Humanities at the White House granted Lahiri the prestigious National Humanities Medal. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Princeton University in the Lewis Center for the Art’s Program in Creative Writing.

Register for “A Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri” on Monday, December 5. The preceding was written and sponsored by the Mercatus Center.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 22, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Fusion Academy Alexandria is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential.

We are a non-traditional community of learning with the smallest class size possible: one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows us to personalize curriculum for each student’s unique strengths, interests, and learning style. We are also able to customize scheduling; students may enroll at any time (even mid-semester or during the summer) and take classes at a time of day that works best for them.

We just moved into our permanent campus space at 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 100 in Alexandria. You are invited to see our new space and meet our team at an Open House on December 8.

You’ll get to peek in our teacher-customized one-to-one classes, hang out in the Homework Café®, be inspired in our mixed-media art studio, and jam in our state-of-the-art recording studio. We’ll also share student stories and the exciting things they have been working on since we started teaching in September.

Classes are offered at three levels: essential, college prep, and honors. From algebra to yoga and everything in between, we have a wide variety of classes to choose from. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or utilize our tutoring services. In addition to academics, we partner with outside therapeutic professionals to support students’ emotional health and help foster a balanced life.

While it’s impossible to put our students into categories, we generally serve students with the following backgrounds: accelerated/gifted learners, ADHD, dyslexia, mild learning differences, social challenges, school anxiety, or students with challenging schedules. Students who attend Fusion have one thing in common: traditional school isn’t working.

Fusion has over 37 campuses across the country in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Antigone, parent from our Lake Forest, Illinois campus says: “The teachers at Fusion have offered my son the highest content classes with the perfect amount of purposeful homework for reinforcement. Accelerated learning and inspiration happens in the classroom. This has allowed for unique extracurricular activities and family time to enrich his life after school. Fusion provides balance between high academics and nurturing the childhood years. Everyone in our family is less stressed with this approach to learning.”

Connect with us at FusionAlexandria.com to learn more and RSVP for the December 8 open house.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Fusion Academy.

by Buzz McClain — November 15, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

It’s been barely a year of business for the Arlington-based family tour firm TripUSAFrance, but in that time, dozens of travelers have experienced the South of France with Julia Girard-Gervois and her Montpellier-based father Stephane, and the rave reviews are pouring in.

“I loved eating at places frequented by the locals and the picnic lunch catered by Julia’s mom at the beach was beautiful and delicious,” said Katie L. “We saw so much — from walled cities to Medieval castles to rides on Montpellier’s trolleys. Much better than fighting tourists in Paris!”

“We have traveled extensively throughout Europe and France, but had never been to Montpellier and its environs,” said Tim S. “TripUsaFrance put together a wonderful tour of Medieval cities, castles, cathedrals and country sides. Of particular note were the sound and light show of Chagall paintings and the cooking school. And hosts Julia and Stephane couldn’t have been nicer.  They went out of their way to make sure everyone in our group — ages 35 to 92 — had a great time.”

The common theme to these comments is the personal touch Julia brings to each adventure. It’s part of the company’s purpose.

With the motto “Travel like a local,” TripUSAFrance crafts culturally interactive tours so you can actually experience the culture, not just see it.

“We want the travelers to experience France like a local would by sharing our culture and traditions, showing them our secret spots, teaching them our language and habits, introducing them to as many local French people as possible such as the owner of the hotel, friends, and neighbors. When these locals recognize our travelers and say hello to them it makes them feel like they are part of the community and even more welcome. This is only possible because we are a small group, no more than 14 people, and because they are staying in the same hotel and city for a week, which we consider more like a village. This is what makes our tour unique and special,” Julia said.

Upon arrival, Julia and Stephane drive you to your beautifully renovated beach hotel, just steps away from the Mediterranean Sea. Each morning you are treated to a French Breakfast at the hotel before they pick you up for the day’s activities. With most of the sites within 1 hour of driving and departure times around 9:00am every day, you get plenty of rest and still have enough time to see everything on the tour without feeling rushed.

Inclusive pricing provides you with daily breakfast, lunch and snacks, three dinners, local transportation and accommodations, admission to wine tastings and other activities.

According to clients, highlights include homemade picnics of regional dishes, learning to play Petanque, interacting with locals, attending cooking classes, wine-tastings, learning French, and, said Julia, “simply realizing that we are becoming friends by the end of the week.”

Julia and Stephane’s tour is a perfect combination of historical sites and experiencing the French lifestyle with two passionate local tour guides. No lines, no tourist traps, no hassle. It is a one-of-a-kind insider tour of Southern France that those who partake in the journey will never forget.

Act fast and book before Dec 31, 2016 to save $300 off the regular tour price with their early bird discount!

To learn more about the tour and book a trip, check out www.TripUSAFrance.com. For more information call 703-485-6894 or email Julia at [email protected]

The preceding post was sponsored by TripUSAFrance and written by Buzz McClain

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 20, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

One of NVHomes’ most innovative communities, Metro Row, is now selling! Just steps from the Vienna Metro, in a rapidly growing part of Fairfax, Virginia, this recently unveiled enclave of exceptional townhomes commands a closer look at what many consider to be a dramatically different–and highly attractive–new way to live.

Location, location, location. Wherever you are headed, Metro Row puts the entire Washington DC region at your fingertips. Consider these facts: On the orange line, downtown DC is just 20 minutes away. The eclectic dining, shopping, entertainment and fitness options of the thriving Mosaic District are just a mile and a half down the road, while Tysons Corner, Old Town Fairfax and the future development at Fairfax Circle are only a few miles away. Drivers will be thrilled to discover Metro Row is just one exit off the Beltway, seconds from I-66 and just off Route 29.

The community’s commitment to cultivating evolved living doesn’t stop at its phenomenal location. Inspired by the artistic, clean lines of today’s favored urban destinations, Metro Row features elegant, cutting-edge designs from the outside in. Modern brick façades lead to expansive floorplans with a minimum of 2,200 square feet that accommodate up to four bedrooms, three and-a-half bathrooms and a 1- or 2-car garage. NVHomes’ trademark quality and craftsmanship prevail over every aspect of these stunning townhomes.

Be prepared for the rooftop terrace–it just may steal the show. This captivating space literally elevates outdoor living to a whole new level, offering a fabulous place to entertain, unwind or take in the bird’s eye views. Home prices start from $799,990.

For more information, visit www.MetroRowNV.com or call 571-748-9528.

The preceding was sponsored by and written on behalf of NVHomes.

by Buzz McClain — October 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm 0

mason-group-trio-1024Ask Jim Fox to describe Arlington’s real estate market and he gives you a weather report: “Hot, hot, hot,” he said. “There are multiple offers and escalation clauses, and properties aren’t lingering because they’re priced right and they show well.”

Fox should know. The longtime Arlington resident has worked the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., market as a Realtor for more than 30 years. Now he owns The Mason Group, a member of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the Number 1 privately owned real estate company in the country.

With such a seller’s market as it is now — the inventory is remarkably low — it must be easy moving Arlington’s residential real estate.

“You never sit back and wait,” Fox said. “You can’t do that if you’re a good agent. We’re proactive. We’re pushing all the advertising out as soon as we list the property.

Fox said his partners, Ki Hatch and Terry Moore, “are diligent, hardworking and treat everybody like family. They’re born and raised in Northern Virginia so they know the market inside and out.” The team was chosen as a one of the top Realtor teams of 2015 in both Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine.

The key, he said, is efficiency in making and closing offers, avoiding common pitfalls and creating a frictionless experience for the buyers and sellers.

“When we find that right house we know how to write the contract and submit it quickly,” he said.

While many Realtors get their client’s pre-approved, Fox said The Mason Group goes further. “We get a commitment letter from their bank so they’re credit-ready to go as soon as they find a house.

“They don’t have to go through the whole mortgage loan process. They’re basically done except for finding the house. That sets them up for success.”

Contact The Mason Group (website is here) at 800-382-2345 or by email at [email protected]. See their Facebook page here.

The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by The Mason Group.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

Stitch — a 3-year-old, neutered, 6-pound Chihuahua — doesn’t know why his people gave him up at an animal shelter last spring, but he does know that he’s ready to weave himself into the heart and life of the right new owner.

Stitch is hoping for someone who is retired, works from home or is a homebody.

This handsome boy has the classic Chihuahua look (adorable), personality (charming) and bladder (tiny!). He’s lovable and devoted, courageous and comical. Stitch is the lap dog you’ve always wanted and will make sure you’re never alone at home, shadowing you from room to room and sleeping sweetly in your lap, perhaps after his favorite activity: the daily walk!

Stitch is all dog, and all terrier (tenacious and bold!) He wants to make sure you know he’s not a doll and he’s not a child — in fact, he would like to be the #1 little dude, and the only pet, in a child-free home. He’d really love it if you took him to class to learn more manners and maybe some tricks, too.

Stitch is a very healthy boy, current on vaccines, monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. He even had a full dental cleaning in August. His foster mom has had him long enough to give you all the details about handsome Stitch — no surprises and lots of great dog-owner tips.

Contact her at [email protected] or view his profile at http://lostdogrescue.org/stitch-3/.

The preceding was was sponsored post.

by Buzz McClain — October 3, 2016 at 7:45 am 0

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Over the years Beatriz Sampaio has seen the residential and commercial cleaning industry evolve. And over those years her own company, simply called A Cleaning Service, has evolved as well.

Founded in 1985, A Cleaning Service has been providing high-quality, competitively priced and diligently performed cleaning to residences and businesses in the Arlington and Washington, D.C. area for more than three decades. It’s a business that Beatriz has devoted her life to, but it was never her first idea.

Beatriz came to the U.S. from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985 after studying at a university there. After less than a year in the states, she and a friend-turned-business-partner acquired a house-cleaning company based in Arlington. The previous owner was looking to leave the business, and handed over the keys to Beatriz and her partner.

Beatriz had no experience running a business but was eager to take on the challenge. She said she learned by working and watching.

“I was so young then, and so fresh,” Beatriz said. “I had the knack for it. I was born to be an entrepreneur.”

Part of that knack was having a competitive instinct and a flair for leadership. She empowers her more than 50 employees and gives them opportunities to grow. “I guide them so they can succeed,” she said. “We work as a team and work together. Some have been with me all 30 years.”

Their quality has been recognized as an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner (2011-2015).

A Cleaning Service is independently owned and operated and is deliberately not a franchise. “I like being my own boss and I like being competitive,” Beatriz said. “And I’m very creative.”

In what spare time has she enjoys listening to jazz and classical music, playing classical guitar, painting and solving math problems.

To reach Beatriz Sampaio to schedule service or arrange for an estimate, call 703-892-8648. See their website here.

 The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by A Cleaning Service.

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